Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality spokesperson Gcobani Msindwana has confirmed that a piece of land where a shack has been erected near Mlungisi Stadium belongs to a local church.
The Rep visited the church and spoke to member Mandla Msitshana who did not want to give much information. He indicated that supporting documents were available to prove that the plot did, in fact, belong to the church. “This space was bought in 2007. I will gladly show you the title deed. The shack is here because it will be used to keep our building material. It will basically be a store room until we build a proper structure,” he said
Ward 16 councillor Bulelwa Rani said the shack, which was erected in December 2018, drew the attention of many Mlungisi residents who questioned its existence .Rani said the council had to do a thorough follow-up and immediately communicated with some of the church members and the municipality. “We were informed that the piece of land was bought in 2007 by the Church of Christ Mission.”
Msindwana said, “The municipality does not condone the erection of shacks anywhere. The arrangement was that the church must build a formal structure as a matter of urgency and we believe they will only use the shack to store building materials. They are required to make arrangements with our human settlement personnel for what will happen next.”